Friday, August 26, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 2008 Topps #416

The Cardinals gained ground on the Brewers last night for the first time in a week, thanks to a Cardinals off day and a Brewers loss. So there's still hope, right?

Elijah Dukes once sent a photo of a gun to his wife's cell phone in an effort to intimidate her. That's all you really need to know about this outfielder's once promising career.

Why did Topps airbrush Elijah's photo? Dukes was a 3rd round pick for the Devil Rays. After the gun picture incident, Tampa Bay was eager to get rid of him and traded him for a pitcher who has never pitched beyond single-A (and has an ERA north of 6 to show for it.)

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? I find it interesting that the stripe seems to be painted over Elijah's bat. Dukes never wore #35, his Devil Rays number, with the Nationals - and the placement of the number seems all wrong to me. After a solid season with Washington in 2008, his production fell off the following year and he was released.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.

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